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Asean over 20 years

Asean over 20 years: Indonesia's triumph over adversity

November 1, 2012

Indonesia's banks suffered heavy setbacks during the 1998 Asian financial crisis, but in the 20 years since, the country's recovery has seen its banking sector outperform the rest of the Association of South-east Asian Nations region.

Islamic stability provides solid structures

Islamic stability provides solid structures

May 1, 2012

An increasing number of financial institutions from international banks to local specialist players are developing sharia-compliant structured products, offering investors limited downside risk and high returns. But as the uptake for such products increases, so does the pressure of ensuring that they are 100% sharia-friendly.


Will outside events hinder Malaysia's reform plans?

February 1, 2012

Malaysia is going through a period of transformation as the government seeks to push the country to developed nation status. The ambitious economic goals, however, are being tested by events further afield and observers are questioning to what degree Malaysia’s growth will be impacted by the troubles of the eurozone. 

Najib Razak

The rise of the East does not mean the fall of the West

January 3, 2012

There is a feeling in some circles that as the East rises, the West must simultaneously decline. But why? Rising prosperity in Asia means more opportunities for businesses and banks in North America and Europe, and the only ones to suffer will be those who continue to think along 'East versus West' lines.

Malaysia is ramping up its capital markets

Regulation and risk environment key to Malaysia's growth

June 1, 2011

Malaysia has ambitious plans to reposition itself as an international finance centre, but, growth must occur in a well-regulated environment with minimal risks.

Kuala Lumpur's airport

Malaysia at a crossroads

December 8, 2010

Despite Malaysia's banking sector emerging from the financial crisis in good health, consolidation and liberalisation look set to play a big part in its future. Writer Michelle Price


A tale of two centres

November 24, 2010

From Hong Kong to London, established global financial centres are looking to reinvent themselves as Islamic finance hubs and capture a slice of a fast-growing and still largely untapped market.


Malaysia leads Asian resurgence

September 29, 2010

The Malaysian government has been active in promoting Islamic finance.

Hidden strengths propel growth

December 30, 2009

Despite Malaysia's reticence in establishing itself as a globally recognised financial centre, it is now moving forward fast. Bank Negara Malaysia governor Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz discusses the role of Islamic finance products in the country's push. Writer Silvia Pavoni

Zeti Akhtar Aziz

April 7, 2009

At a time when other regulators are looking to impose tougher controls, the Malaysian Central Bank is pushing for further liberalisation. Writer Geraldine Lambe

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